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mp356
Registered: May 31, 2009
Total Posts: 5639
Country: United States

Stokesey wrote:
Promised to be back ....

Didn't say I wouldn't take a cheesey shot though to commemorate the time !!!

Taken with 55mm Micro @f8 time 12:43 BST UK

Plus the view at the time.

Then later the concentration of a cyclist waiting !!

Fantastic pix everyone.

Steve


Nice series Steve.



mp356
Registered: May 31, 2009
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pburke wrote:
Some planes for the MF thread today , so I don't have to add posts over at MA2A

a MIG with the 55mm f1.2

f/2.0 1/250s ISO 800, pretty heavy crop







a 2 image stitch with the 20mm f/3.5 of the flight deck of a B36 Peacemaker, handheld and fill flashed with the built in D600 flash.

f/5.6 1/15s ISO 6400







grimy B52 with the 105mm f/2.5 AI'd lens

f/5.6 1/4s ISO 100 on tripod







and our old friend, the SR71 with the 105mm this time

f/2.5 1/1000s ISO 100










Nice takes on these planes Peter.


CGrindahl
Registered: Dec 17, 2004
Total Posts: 16784
Country: United States

leighton w wrote:
Peter - More great images. To save bandwidth, I'll just say here and now great photos Peter to all that are to come.

Bert - Thanks for sharing, and I'm glad you joined us. You and Curtis REALLY need to get together for a photo walk, and a beer!


Not a bad idea, except that Bert lives in the Central Valley with a very long commute each way so not much opportunity to schmooze. I don't blame him for wanting to hit BART at the end of his day to begin that 85 mile long trek home. If I recall correctly, he takes BART to the end of the Dublin/Pleasanton line, then drives the last fifty miles home. This is one brave man.



mp356
Registered: May 31, 2009
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deang001 wrote:
pburke wrote:
Two with a lens I bought because of this tread - still one of my favorites:

55mm Nikkor-S f/1.2 AI'd on D600, polarizer, handheld at Bodie State Historical Park in CA a few days ago

f/5.6 1/80s ISO 100

f/1.2 1/1600s ISO 100









Both great shots, but the second one I really like - almost looks like a painting ... something 1.2 can do now and then.

Very nice.

+1 on this image. Great composition and background.


mp356
Registered: May 31, 2009
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asiostygius wrote:
Happy anniversary everyone, specially to the "big boss" and Devil's adjutant, Curtis
I was envolved by this thread mid 2011, reading it each night some 3-5 pages, until I defeated my natural shymess and posted my first images near the end of 2011.
My main subjects are birds, but I also love to experiment several other subjects as macros, landscapes and bokeh playing (Curtis again the main culprit! ) and this thread is excellent source to learn with so many talented photogs.

This is my humble contribution: telephoto lens porn!
Unfortunatelly I had no time to shot at 12:43h over here, just tonight I managed to capture my 3 most beloved MF lenses (for birding):


Hoods not extended, "dorsal view":


Manual Focus birding lenses, hoods not extended. by labecoaves, on Flickr

Left to right:
Nikkor 400mm f/5.6 K factory ai'd ED non-IF; Nikkor 600mm f/5.6 AI-S IF-ED; Nikkor 800mm f/5.6 AI-S IF-ED.
Taken with D600 + Nikkor 50mm f/1.2 AI-S hand held, ISO 500, f/2 at 1/60s, flash + diffuser.
Far from the best background (my library), but anyway this is my humble contribution.

To follow I will repost some of my best bird shots with each one of these lenses.


Jose, great lens porn! Your latest bird image (with seed in mouth) is fantastic.



mp356
Registered: May 31, 2009
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deang001 wrote:

Took this one in an area called Mong Kok this afternoon ... I think it kind of sums up the craziness of this city !!!

Nikon D800E & 50/1.2 Ai-S


DSC_8309 by dean.g., on Flickr


Wonderful composition Dean. The street cars look like miniatures. Happy anniversary!



mp356
Registered: May 31, 2009
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georgms wrote:


Sorry for this, I couldn't realize my idea in a more carefully photographed fashion ;-)


Love this Georg!



asiostygius
Registered: Nov 29, 2011
Total Posts: 3289
Country: Brazil

As promised, to complement the "telephoto porn", one of the best bird shots delivered by each one of those lenses:


Nikkor 400mm f/5.6 K ED ai'd:


Female Blond-crested Woodpecker eating fruits by labecoaves, on Flickr

Female Blond-crested Woodpecker eating fruits
D7000 + Nikkor 400mm f/5.6 K ED ai'd + monopod, ISO 1600, wide open at 1/160s.
Frugivory is not uncommon among some woodpecker species, like this one.



Nikkor 600mm f/5.6 ais EDIF:


Swallow-tailed Hummingbird perched on the inflorescence of Aechmea bromeliifolia by labecoaves, on Flickr

Swallow-tailed Hummingbird under light rain.
D600 + TC16A + Nikkor 600mm f/5.6 AI-S EDIF + tripod, ISO 800, f/12.8 at 1/80s, ~30% cropped. The wrong exif is from the modified TC16A chip; the right is 960mm f/9.



Nikkor 800mm f/5.6 AIS EDIF:


Savanna Hawk "taking off" by labecoaves, on Flickr

Savanna Hawk "taking off".
D7000 + Nikkor 800mm f/5.6 AIS EDIF + tripod, ISO 320 f/8 at 1/2000s. ~ 35% cropped. The hawk was +40 metres away.



CGrindahl
Registered: Dec 17, 2004
Total Posts: 16784
Country: United States

I've had a surprisingly busy day away from my computer, though I gave it my best shot to grab a photo at 12:43. I thought I made it but the date stamp on the image say 12:44:10 so I was a minute late. I knew where I intended to shoot but had a phone call when I was about the head out the door. So this is as good as it gets on my end. But first a comment...

I've written in the first post of this thread how I came to Nikon manual focus lenses. My first purchase was the 105 f/2.5 AI-s. I love that focal length so much I ended up buying three more lenses at that length, two of them earlier versions of the f/2.5. But I decided for this shot that i'd mount my first lens and do with it what I so much enjoy doing, shoot some flowers. So this is my offering as part of the anniversary celebration. Thanks to everyone who has made a contribution today, both old timers and newcomers. This thread is only as enjoyable as we all make it through our photography and our comments. We've done well up to now and I have every reason to believe we will continue for a long time...


105 f/2.5 AI-s wide open at 12:44 p.m. August 22, 2013



DTOB
Registered: Oct 07, 2010
Total Posts: 1359
Country: Canada

Great punchy colours Curtis.

This shot I took at exactly 12:43pm.


DSC_0728-Edit by DEETEEOHBEE, on Flickr



adh67
Registered: Mar 23, 2006
Total Posts: 561
Country: United States

CGrindahl wrote:
leighton w wrote:
Peter - More great images. To save bandwidth, I'll just say here and now great photos Peter to all that are to come.

Bert - Thanks for sharing, and I'm glad you joined us. You and Curtis REALLY need to get together for a photo walk, and a beer!


Not a bad idea, except that Bert lives in the Central Valley with a very long commute each way so not much opportunity to schmooze. I don't blame him for wanting to hit BART at the end of his day to begin that 85 mile long trek home. If I recall correctly, he takes BART to the end of the Dublin/Pleasanton line, then drives the last fifty miles home. This is one brave man.


I had thought about that too, unfortunately Curtis is absolutely spot on about my commute. Maybe one of these day's I can take an afternoon off to make it happen.



adh67
Registered: Mar 23, 2006
Total Posts: 561
Country: United States

asiostygius wrote:
As promised, to complement the "telephoto porn", one of the best bird shots delivered by each one of those lenses:


Nikkor 400mm f/5.6 K ED ai'd:


Female Blond-crested Woodpecker eating fruits by labecoaves, on Flickr

Female Blond-crested Woodpecker eating fruits
D7000 + Nikkor 400mm f/5.6 K ED ai'd + monopod, ISO 1600, wide open at 1/160s.
Frugivory is not uncommon among some woodpecker species, like this one.




This one is awesome.



adh67
Registered: Mar 23, 2006
Total Posts: 561
Country: United States

One more time my view from my office, this time after a little bit of PS trying to get that old B&W feel.

Bert



kwoodard
Registered: Aug 04, 2012
Total Posts: 4683
Country: United States

Well, I was at work at 12:43pm and I won't have an opportunity to shoot for the next few days...SO! My favorite lens is one I don't actually use that often because it is a little tough to use and I prefer shorter focal lengths. I love the bokeh it produces and when I nail a shot with it, immensely satisfying.

Keeping with the three theme, here are three recent shots with my newly refurbished Nikkor-Q 135/2.8.

Not so many years ago this would be considered a near miss.


_DSC9846 by Kevin.Woodard, on Flickr

A little macro with a 36mm Vivitar extension tube.


_DSC9813 by Kevin.Woodard, on Flickr

And to round it out... This is Chewbaca Wigglebottom, my nieces little dog. I like this shot because with the Nikkor-Q (I have tried this out with two other Q's of different focal lengths) seems to help my sensor deal with high ISO... This shot is at ISO6400, inside, handheld, using a combo of incandescent and florescent light.


_DSC9701 by Kevin.Woodard, on Flickr



designdog
Registered: Oct 05, 2004
Total Posts: 230
Country: United States

jhinkey wrote:
georgms wrote:
While looking for example of portraits taken with the 1.2's I've stumbled across this one, taken with the 50/1.4 ("S" or "SC", I don't recall which one) wide open.
Lots of shots with very fast lenses that look okay are not focused 100 percent perfect. With a bit of sharpening it was useable.
excited girl, she won an unicorn in the proper colors at the fair - D700, 50/1.4 wide open, 1/8000sec
Removing the longitudinal CA's in the foreground (the magenta loCa's) was impossible within ACR, it would damage the pink clothing.


With these old fast Nikkors the phase detection system can't handle the residual spherical aberrations and thus is very unreliable to nail the focus - especially on DX bodies. High pixel count sensors aggravates the issue further. What I've had to do is learn what my fast lens calibrations are so that I know approx. how far off the focus confirmation dot needs to be to get a reasonable focus. For my D800 that means the focus confirmation dot just needs to be flickering on coming from the near side.

I still think Nikon could implement the focus confirmation system much better on the current crop of DSLRs - I await the day that there is an FX mirrorless so I can actually see the image being recorded by the sensor when using my fast MF glass. AF glass will be that much more accurate/reliable as well when that day comes.


Having used the 50 1.2 AI-s on a mirrorless ( the Fuji X Pro1) I can tell you that the focusing at 1.2 - 2 was no easier than with the dot. The problem for me was always underestimating, or not properly compensating for, the skinny depth of field. I would put the focus box right where I thought it should be, and when I actually looked at the photo it was in the wrong place. This was just experience, and I am getting better.

Be careful what you wish for. At least the Fuji had an optical viewfinder as well. The EVF, even the best of them, are no replacement for TTL - in my opinion anyway. A golfing bud of mine let me play with his Sony a99. Nice camera, lots of technology, lousy viewfinder...



kwoodard
Registered: Aug 04, 2012
Total Posts: 4683
Country: United States

This is taken with my #2 favorite lens (new to the kit, but % usage is very high lately).

Macro 55mm f/3.5 @ f/8, M2 extension tube, SB-25 flash (also repaired by me)


_DSC0063 by Kevin.Woodard, on Flickr



bruni
Registered: Feb 15, 2012
Total Posts: 1650
Country: Australia

Happy 3rd Anniversary

Thank You Curtis

As you predicted - I couldn't figure out the time thing.

I took some 3 pics

and a couple with my favourite MF lens - the incomparable 55mm f1.2 SC

ben


happy 3rd anniversary by benmorgan28, on Flickr


happy 3rd anniversary - nikon 24mm f2.8 PCE by benmorgan28, on Flickr


happy 3rd anniversary by benmorgan28, on Flickr


happy 3rd anniversary by benmorgan28, on Flickr


happy 3rd anniversary by benmorgan28, on Flickr



Zichar
Registered: May 13, 2009
Total Posts: 3761
Country: Singapore

Wow Ben, I thought the first was great then I saw the second.
Love the theme, the fourth is brilliant, how'd you get the guy to twirl pasta three strands at a time?



jhinkey
Registered: Jan 08, 2010
Total Posts: 8411
Country: United States

designdog wrote:

Having used the 50 1.2 AI-s on a mirrorless ( the Fuji X Pro1) I can tell you that the focusing at 1.2 - 2 was no easier than with the dot. The problem for me was always underestimating, or not properly compensating for, the skinny depth of field. I would put the focus box right where I thought it should be, and when I actually looked at the photo it was in the wrong place. This was just experience, and I am getting better.

Be careful what you wish for. At least the Fuji had an optical viewfinder as well. The EVF, even the best of them, are no replacement for TTL - in my opinion anyway. A golfing bud of mine let me play with his Sony a99. Nice camera, lots of technology, lousy viewfinder...


My experience has been quite the opposite. I've had no problems nailing the focus with my fast lenses on my GH-2.

I'm tired of the limitations of a TTL OVF - larger DOF than actual for lenses faster than f/2.8, noise/vibration of the mirror slap, focusing accuracy issues (mirror-focusing screen-AF module-sensor mis-alignments), light leaks, weight, etc.
For what I do, which is not action-related, today's EVF technology is very much good enough. I know they have problems with dynamic range, tearing, refresh rates, sensor heating, etc., but I think things have swung in favor of EVFs over OVFs with the current APS-C and m43 mirrorless cameras.
I hope that Nikon comes out with a high end APS-C mirrorless soon and a FX mirrorless in the next couple of years.



a.RodriguezPix
Registered: Oct 31, 2011
Total Posts: 2236
Country: United States

i found this ebay 300mm 2.8 ais, looks good, and they are asking $679!??


http://www.ebay.com/itm/Nikon-Nikkor-300-mm-F-2-8-ED-IF-Great-Lens-Great-Deal-Quick-FREE-Shipping-/190890203587?pt=Camera_Lenses&hash=item2c71f159c3



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